A Pike County man under indictment for allegedly strangling his girlfriend in July has had his bond in that case revoked. The revocation comes after the man was arrested again, just last week, on the same charge for which he was under indictment.
36-year-old Dike Newsome, of Mikes Branch near Pikeville, appeared today in Pike Circuit Court before Judge Eddy Coleman. Coleman ordered Newsome’s bond be revoked on an indictment from earlier this year charging him with first-degree strangulation … after Newsome was arrested on a new strangulation charge last Friday. Newsome’s defense attorney Ron Diddle told the court that given the circumstances of both the indictment case and the new case, he could not defend Newsome against the motion to have his bond revoked.
Assistant Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Melissa Goodman said in both the July incident and last week’s incident, Newsome allegedly strangled his victim in the presence of the woman’s child. She said Newsome’s alleged pattern of violence against his girlfriend, whom is the alleged victim in both cases, is disturbing and warranted the bond revocation.
Goodman also said this latest incident occurred on the same day that Newsome appeared in Pike Circuit Court and was released from one of the conditions of his bond from the earlier case.
Goodman it is not uncommon for victims of domestic violence to return to their alleged abusers. She said the reasons vary, but the fault falls squarely upon the person committing the alleged abuse.
Newsome remains in the custody of the Pike County Detention Center.